The Dodgers try to improve their poor marks against left-handed pitchers in 2016, against Robbie Ray in the finale against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Ray has a 3.81 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, after a 4.81 ERA in 18 starts before the break. His 30.9-percent strikeout rate since the break is the second-highest among 151 qualified starters during that span, per Inside Edge, trailing only Chris Archer of the Rays.
The Dodgers are hitting just .178/.315/.222 in two games against Ray this season. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 13⅓ innings, with 13 strikeouts and seven walks.
Against left-handed starting pitchers this season, the Dodgers are just 17-19, and the club is hitting .220/.299/.340, last across the board in National League except for on-base percentage, where LA is 14th against southpaws.
The Phillies have a .296 OBP against left-handed pitchers, in case you wee wondering.
On Thursday against Ray, the Dodgers are heavily right-handed, including some days off for regulars to piggyback with Thursday’s off day.
Yasiel Puig starts in right field as expected, and Kiké Hernandez gets the call in center field.
Rob Segedin gets the start at first base with Adrian Gonzalez taking a rare seat. Gonzalez has started the last 33 games, but that was helped in part by last Tuesday’s rainout in Colorado, as Gonzalez wasn’t in the starting lineup for that game.
Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 128 starts this season, and has played in 134 of 138 games. He is hitting .257/.309/.329 against left-handed pitchers this season.
Corey Seager is the Dodgers’ only left-handed bat in the lineup on Wednesday against Ray. Seager is hitting .258/.326/.445 against southpaws in 2016, second on the team (min. 20 PA) only to Yasmani Grandal, but is also hitless in his last 16 at-bats against left-handed pitching.